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Deft and vivid writing,
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This review is from: The Man in the Wooden Hat (Hardcover)
You don't have to have read 'Old Filth' before reading 'The Man in the Wooden Hat,' but I was glad that I had done, even though there was quite a long gap. Reading about the marriage in 'Hat' from Betty's point of view has made me want to return to 'Filth' to get a closer look at how the author has tied up these consecutive viewpoints.
This portrayal of a full marriage is written with Jane Gardam's distinctive delicate, quirky irony and compassion as she involves us in the details of her characters' lives. Betty takes seriously her bond to her devoted husband Edward Feathers (Filth), but is passionately drawn to Terry Veneering and to helping his half-Chinese son, Harry. Can she, or should she do anything about her choice? - is a question which hovers within the story. The theme of living the life one has chosen, but occasionally revisiting the one that might have been is very evocative.